Residents of Siliguri District in West Bengal came together
recently to 'save mother nature' through a tree wedding ceremony.
The ceremony was held in the first week of December.
Traditional marriage rituals were performed for intertwined
trees, adorning Indian attires, a sari and a dhoti, representing man and woman.
Organizers said the symbolic tree wedding was conducted in a
bid to stop deforestation.
"I have arranged the tree marriage as trees are being
cut down and to take forward its progeny. With the help of my neighbours in the
locality, I have got the tree married," said Juma Sengupta, organizing
secretary of the event.
Meanwhile, people attending the marriage ceremony said their
aim was to spread the message of afforestation.
"We want to give the message that do not cut trees, do
not injure them," said Vikey Saha, a resident at the wedding.
Environmentalists say rampant deforestation gives rise to
Experts say more frequent and intense extreme weather events
caused by global warming mean countries like India must improve their planning
and reduce the potential impact of disasters before they occur.